Saturday, November 28, 2015

Norwegian Fjord Cruise --Part 5 ( LAST)

Hello, dear Yes, Virginia... friends and followers. It's Dr. John here.
Today's post is about Stavanger, our final port-of-call for this cruise. Before I continue, I would like to thank all those who left comments on my posts. A special shout-out to Conil and Harriet for leaving detailed and encouraging comments - you pointed out details in my photos that I didn't even notice! 
Now, on with the tour.
Stavanger is considered the oil capital of Norway. The first oil-drilling platform in the North Sea came to Stavanger in 1969. The petroleum industry would become one of Norway's main industries and Norway would become one of the world's leading oil-producing countries.
While our kids went on an excursion to Pulpit rock (see HERE), Virginia and I explored Gamle Stavanger (the "old town"), which consists of 173 small, white, wooden houses crunched together. Some of these 300 year old houses are still in use today.

Bottom right: Virginia single-handedly pulls our ship into dock.

Norway's "Bridge of Sighs".

The "old town", featuring narrow, winding, cobblestone back lanes, with tidy wooden houses, oasis gardens, and flowers everywhere.

The central harbor.

The Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Exhibits describe how oil is formed, how it's found and produced, and what it's used for.

This concludes our cruise. After a day at sea, we returned to Southampton and flew back to Toronto. Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour.
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Barb said...

I sure have enjoyed your pictures of beautiful Norway. I only wish this wasn't 'the end'!

Carol said...

What beautiful pictures. The "old town" is so charming! Thanks for sharing.

Anita in France said...

It's been a delight and so interesting to travel through Norway with you and your family ... thank you! Anita :)

Elainej said...

Thank you, Dr. John, for sharing your vacation with us. I can't wait to see where your travels take you next. Don't stop sharing.

ScrapaDiddle said...

Thank you! I have enjoyed these and your photography is excellent! What a wonderful trip!

Noreen Fontana said...

I have absolutely enjoyed travelling with your family to places I will never see in person. Your photography makes me feel that I am right there with you. I am fascinated by the houses and gardens that you capture so well. Thank you so much. Love the photos and Virginia's cards. XO

Diane said...

Wow your pictures are so gorgeous it is like being there.

Hugs Diane

conil said...

Thoroughly impressed with the cleanliness of Stavanger, especially considering it's main industry, oil, which I alway associate with dirty, greasy dishes and cars. But this place is a postcard come to life. So appreciate that you took the time to photograph those amazing gardens and flower pots...initially thought many of them were filled with perigorum but it turns out, those are roses of every variety and hue. Stunning pictures, makes one feel like they're there. Thank you so much for sharing this incredible adventure...loved every photo. I knew I was in the right place when I saw the name of the ship in the first picture...Chopin is one of my favorite composers. The Petroleum Museum's architecture is fascinating and beautiful in a robotic kind of way. By the way, don't you think your cruise ship appears a bit top heavy? All I can say is you and your family are very brave. Again, thank you for taking us along on your journey.

Harriet said...

Oh, Dr. John, spectacular photos. I love the gardens especially the garden sculpture of the girl on the bike. The museum interested me as such a modern building with the old in the background makes for a very interesting contrast. I especially enjoyed the garden plaque...."a garden is a thing of beauty and a job forever" so true. I can say thanks to your photos I've been to Norway without leaving my comfort zone. Thank you.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Another wonderful post and photos, John!! Such fun to see the homeland of my ancestors through your eyes! Best wishes for a happy holiday season!

Miriam Prantner said...

I've very much enjoyed these posts! Looking forward to the next trip!

Lin said...

Dr. John, I love those pictures of "old town"!! What a beautiful little area! The cobblestone streets and all the flowers made for some very charming pictures - well done!